According to The Guardian, Australian politician Clive Palmer has lost a copyright case involving the unauthorized use of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Palmer will now be required to pay AUS$1.5 million (approximately $1.17 million) in damages.
This news comes after Palmer changed “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to “Aussies Not Gonna Cop It” in 2019 as part of a political campaign. Since he didn’t get permission to use the track, Universal Music filed a copyright lawsuit in February 2020. Ultimately, the case went before federal court justice Anna Katzmann, who ruled that Palmer’s song was a “substantial” reproduction of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Palmer tried to argue that Twisted Sister made the song by ripping off “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but that argument didn’t pan out. A representative for the politician also claimed that the campaign did try to get the rights to the song, but they didn’t pursue things further due to a AU$150,000 fee. Katzmann commented:
“I do not accept that Mr Palmer honestly believed at any relevant time that his use of the copyright works was lawful.”
Dee Snider also commented on Twitter: